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“Made our Mother's Day Special”
Review of Rodizio Grill

Rodizio Grill
Ranked #136 of 1,518 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $13 - $35
Cuisines: Brazilian, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wells St and Water St
Description: Rodizio Grill is the first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant or Churrascaria in the United States. It was establish in 1995 by founder and President Ivan Utrera, a native Brazilian born in Sao Paulo. Rodizio Grill is an award-winning restaurant featured in many national media, including USA Today, The Washington Post, CBS News, NBC News and others. Today Rodizio Grill, the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant, is a beloved and bustling restaurant that currently operates restaurants nationwide, with several units under development.
Zion, Illinois
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Made our Mother's Day Special”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Our family has visited numerous Brazilian steakhouses in the past in Virginia and Illinois and this was our first time at the Rodizio Grill. We have a Brazilian daughter-in-law that we love to treat her to foods from her native land, so for Mother's Day, our family of 11 (with three toddlers) thought this would be a great place to try. We got lost in downtown Milwaukee so I called the restaurant and Neil, the host, gave us better directions and promised to save our table. We only arrived a little late and the valet parking was a tremendous help as we had three vehicles to park.

We were immediately seated and accommodations were made for highchairs for the toddlers. Our server, Ana, was superb! She was most attentive and answered any questions we had about the menu. My daughter-in-law thought she would be the only Brazilian in the place - she was pleasantly surprised to find that Ana and several of the gauchos serving the meat selections also spoke Portuguese and carried on conversations with her in their native language. We had appetizers placed on our table immediately (loved the cheese biscuits) and our drink orders taken (I requested a Mimosa for the occasion).

The buffet did not have a wide variety of selections like they do at other Brazilian steakhouses, however, what they offered was fresh, tasty, pleasingly presented and a delight to enjoy! I had fresh tomato and Mozzarella ball salad, yogurt chicken salad, strawberry salad, hearts of palm, marinated button mushrooms, corn and pea salad,and hard boiled eggs from the salad bar. The hot dishes I sampled consisted of Feijoada (traditional Brazilian black bean stew over white rice), grilled vegetables with Parmesan cheese, and sauteed collard greens with bacon They even offered fluffy scrambled eggs and bacon as we dined during the brunch period. When our three year old grandson remarked that all the strawberries were gone, Ana, left and arrived with a whole plate of sliced strawberries for him to gobble up, (how thoughtful!)

Now the meat selections: the gauchos paraded deliciously prepared cuts of meats of all kinds. I choose the Brazilian sausage, a sliver of leg of lamb, tri tip sirloin, garlic steak, turkey wrapped in bacon, sweet and spicy chicken, and a piece of the fish selection. I liked how you can request small pieces to see if you would like to request more when they come back around with the meat selection again. This restaurant was unique as my daughter-in-law discovered they were serving chicken hearts, which she had not had since she left Brazil years ago. The rest of the family did not partake, but we enjoyed watching her enjoy almost a half a skewer of the chicken hearts! Another treat is the grilled glazed pineapple - a must try!

My husband wanted desert and Ana brought out a tray of deserts for us to choose from - he chose the Royal Banana Sundae that was big enough for 4 and he shared. Must say this alone will keep you coming back.

Kudos to the management, waitstaff and chefs at Rodizio for a wonderful, Wonderful Mother's Day dining experience with our family that made memories. We will be coming back!

  • Visited May 2013
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Wisconsin
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, excellent salad bar, okay meat”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful open & welcoming atmosphere. Service was friendly and attentive. Lots of variety on salad bar, interesting and delicious choices. Meats were lots of sausages, and chicken hearts. Great variety of meat choices but long intervals between red meats.

  • Visited May 2013
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mother's Day - great!”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We went early on Mother's Day (in fact, we were the first table seated). The staff was very attentive and the food was great. They remembered that it was my niece's birthday and brought a piece of flan with a candle at the end.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Peg L
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kenosha, wi
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great first experience, great value for what you get! Will do again...”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We went hear to celebrate my birthday on a Saturday night. We made online reservations--very easy! There was a parking issue, as there is $5 valet parking or a self park for free across the street. We self parked, and the attendant told it was $5. We parked, and mentioned it to the hostess. She spoke with the manager, clarified, and they credited our bill.
The food was wonderful, the appetizers were amazing. The bananas were worth their weight in gold. And next time, I will have those for dessert! The salad bar had a good variety of things, and the meat that was brought around was tasty. The "full feeling" sneaks up on you so beware.
Because it was my birthday, you get a free dessert. Yum!
We signed up for the club rodizio, and they actually sent me an email for a free rodizio.
The service really is what made the experience. We will easily go back.
Price-reasonable. For what you get,it was decent.

Visited April 2013
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Thank unit467
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Brazilian Steakhouse”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

As far as Brazilian Steakhouse goes, Rodizio is a good choice. This was formerly known as Sabor, and the interior is still the same, very beautiful contemporary decor, the main dining room has large windows that look out over the street. I know that they have a couple of private dining rooms. There is a good choice of meats that come tableside. There is a very large veggie buffet which I found was a much better array of items than the previous establishment.

  • Visited March 2013
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